The Make It Better staff is always out and about, trying new restaurants, visiting boutiques and finding new products we love. In this recurring column, we’ll provide our recommendations.
Susan B. Noyes, Publisher and Founder
Every business featured in Shop For Good . I’m doing all my holiday shopping with them!
Brooke McDonald, Managing Editor
There’s no way around it. I can’t get enough of that Christmas tree smell. Candles and fresh-cut trees (yes, multiple) do the trick at home, and Philip B Nordic Wood shampoo  and Williams Sonoma Winter Forest hand soap and lotion  ensure that I take the sweet, woodsy smell of the holidays with me when I leave the house!
Michelle Morris, Associate Publisher
Enjoyed family dinner, featuring lobster mac and cheese, at the Hampton Social  with a smooth glass of Pinot noir sporting my new Hermes belt. Great service. Adored our waitress, Candace.
Anna Carlson, Digital Editor
butter LONDON nail polish. I tried this brand of polish for the first time at an event held at theWit Hotel . The color was gorgeous and my nails remained chip-free for days.
Lesley Simon, Art Director
The cocktails and the grilled octopus at the Charlatan Chicago .
Heather Leszczewicz, Social Media Manager
I love Christmas and holiday music. Right now, my favorite album is Pentatonix‘s “That’s Christmas to Me,”  which was released recently in a deluxe version with four new songs, including a cover of “Just For Now” off of one of my other favorite holiday albums, “Wrapped in Red” by Kelly Clarkson.
Gabrielle Tasiopoulos, Shop For Good Manager
Juniper Boutique’s Earrings in a Bottle  are the perfect everyday earrings with just the right amount of sparkle, AND they come in adorable packaging.
January Thomas, Designer
Whenever I am talking about cooking I am always talking about using my cast iron skillet from Lodge (by the way, it’s American made.) I have made the best chicken dishes from stove top to oven, I’ve perfected the art of making a killer rib-eye steak and, of course, making amazing corn bread, upside-down pineapple cake and Dutch baby pancakes.
Haley Hughes, Sales Assistant
With winter approaching, Pond’s Dry Skin cream helps keep my face moisturized day and night.
Julie Carter, Executive Sales Representative
Stocking the fridge with Cold Pressed juices. One a day gives me all the nutrients I might miss by being a busy working mom of four. The NEW LF Juice  always has great flavor ready to go.
Jessica Suss, Editorial Intern
Even though this book came out in 2013, I’m reading it for the first time now and it is BLOWING MY MIND. Even though I eat very mindfully, the extent to which our food is manipulated is terrifying. This is a great, engrossing read that will leave you more informed after every page.